Biden coming to Charlotte for Hillary at early-vote rally

Ahmet Davutoglu, Joe Biden
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talks during a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, not seen, following their meeting in Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (Murad Sezer/Pool Photo via AP)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is campaigning in North Carolina a week before Election Day to work to ensure that Democrats succeed him and President Barack Obama in January.

Biden is expected in Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon for an early-voting rally for Hillary Clinton that is being organized by the North Carolina Democratic Party at a local recreation center. Obama is to headline a similar pro-Clinton event Wednesday in Chapel Hill on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

North Carolina is a presidential battleground state considered critical for Republican Donald Trump to win the White House.

Obama won North Carolina in 2008. Republican Mitt Romney carried the state in 2012.